Not that long ago, I was a monogamous knitter. I mean, I haven’t been for most of my knitting life, but there was something about quarantine that tipped me into it. However, it would appear I have reached the end of that stage. Either that or I haven’t found the right project, because my lace sock and garter stitch/short row shawl have not kept my attention. First I cast on a simple sock last week, and that’s been good, but over the weekend I needed something new.
Originally I wanted to try my hand at sewing a top, so I spent some time on Etsy finding the right beginner pattern, but once I bought it, printed it, and assembled the pattern pieces, I discovered the fabric I wanted to use wasn’t quite wide enough. Heck it all, I’d cast on a new project. I’ve been wanting to make a Ripple Bralette for a while, so I grabbed my last skein of Malabrigo Arroyo in Fucsia and bought the pattern. Well. Guess what? It calls for the old Norwegian cast-on. I don’t know that cast-on. Here’s how that went: Okay, hello youtube, help me please. That doesn’t look too bad. Let me try. Wait, are you kidding me? What? Do that again. Oops. Shit. Pause replay pause replay rewind pause replay. WTF. ARGH.
I did that for about an hour until finally the lightbulb went on and suddenly I was in the rhythm and it was super cool! After that, it’s all ribbing for several inches, so I’ve just been knitting along merrily and crossing my fingers that it will actually fit. Because, you see, to heck with gauge swatches. I wasn’t in the mood. I might come to regret it, but whatever. It’s a small, quick project, and the suggested ease is between 9-15″ of negative ease, so I just need to get close enough, right?
Oh, and just now I went and looked at Arroyo and it’s actually a sport weight, not DK. Sigh. This could be fine, or it could be bad. Fingers crossed!
Pattern: Ripple Bralette DK. I can only find it on Ravelry at this point.
I’ve thrown caution to the wind myself:) I’m sure you’ll be fine.
That’s beautiful yarn:)
Good luck with the fit! The bralette looks great so far, at any rate. That’s a really happy color yarn.
Very pretty yarn! I have had that experience with video tutorials sometimes too 🙂
But thank goodness they’re there! I’m not sure I could have figured it out from pictures alone.
Yes! For tricky techniques, sometimes you really need to see someone doing them.
You are the 2nd or 3rd person talking about this cast on method… now I need to go check out what it is. Sounds complex. 🧐
It’s actually not that complex, just a matter of figuring out which way to move your thumb!
Ahh I see. So more like retraining your brain a little bit. 😉
Ooh I hope it fits! It does look like a comfyyyyy top from all the photos.